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2013 Pouilly-Fuissé Château de Beauregard   2015 Mercurey Domaine Faiveley   2011 Corton Clos des Cortons Domaine Faiveley   2014 Bourgogne Chardonnay Réserve Bouchard Père & Fils   2015 Mâcon-Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay  
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2013 Pouilly-Fuissé Château de Beauregard

Château de Beauregard has been owned by the Burrier family for 6 generations and is regarded as one of the major properties of southern Burgundy. Their vineyards cover some 42 hectares in the Mâconnais/Beaujolais, including most importantly for our purposes, 22 hectares of Pouilly-Fuissé. The vineyards face east and southeast and are planted to soils of a mixture of clay and chalk from the Jurassic period, at 250 to 300 meters above sea level and located near the villages of Fuissé, Solutré-Pouilly and Vergisson and are divided in more than 40 different plots. This is among the reasons the Château de Beauregard is considered among the reference points of the appellation. The 2013 is in a very pretty place in its evolution just now. Just light yellow gold in color, with aromas hinting at orchard fruits like apple, peach and mirabelle with hints of acacia flower; at once ample and satisfying in body, rich and rounded and yet supremely refreshing with an underlying limestony minerality providing crisp relief for the deliciously rich fruit. Superb southern white Burgundy wine at, for now, a simply ridiculous low price. Regularly $37.50 the bottle, on sale now at ½ off:

$18.75 the bottle

2015 Mercurey Domaine Faiveley

Mercurey in the Cote Chalonnaise is the largest appellation in all of Burgundy with over 650 hectares under vine. Domaine Faiveley's village Mercurey is sourced from 5 parcels spread throughout the appellation for a little over 38 hectares. The oldest plantings of these vines dates back as far as 1962. The soils are primarily clay and limestone. The grapes are hand harvested, sorted and pressed on site in Mercurey. Following vinification the young wines are brought to the domaine cellars in Nuits-Saint-Georges for aging in a combination of stainless steel and oak for 12 to 14 months prior to release. This 2015 vintage if somewhat deeper in color than previous vintages remains a lovely translucent cherry skin red in color with alluringly ripe aromas suggestive of baking spices and cherries and dark ripe fleshy peppery Pinot noir berries along with a hint of the sun-parched vineyard floor; starts out supple and silken, yes, but then almost velvety-textured, then firm and if somewhat more densely-packed and uncharacteristically vigorous, just plain delicious with fine fresh tannins carrying piquant, bursting mouthwatering Burgundian Pinot noir flavor long and strong to the finish.

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case

2011 Corton Clos des Cortons Domaine Faiveley

Medium red. Ineffable nose and palate offer red fruits, minerals, spices and flowers, complicated by game, earth and leather. Sweet, concentrated and very intense, boasting outstanding density and a fine-grained texture, with salty minerality giving the wine a weightless impression that's remarkable considering its density. A strong tannic spine and brisk acidity energize and draw out the finish of this sharply delineated, pristine grand cru. Rated 94. - Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, March, 2014

$200.00 the bottle  $1020.00 the case of six

2014 Bourgogne Chardonnay Réserve Bouchard Père & Fils

Settled in the heart of the Côte de Beaune since 1731, Bouchard Père & Fils know well the qualities of the terroirs of this southern section of the Côte d'Or. For their Bourgogne Blanc Réserve, they have selected fine Chardonnay fruit from various parcels of vineyard for their complementary qualities. The result is a delicious if less expensive white Burgundy that would serve as a worthy entrée to the far more expensive white wines from the Côte de Beaune. Pale yellow gold in color with aromas of citrus and stone and just a subtle toast from oak; at once smooth and round and crisp and compelling on the tongue with a fine delicate flavor, and a freshness and satisfyingness that belie its ever so reasonable price.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

2015 Mâcon-Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay

The «Les Charmes» vineyard near the village of Lugny in the Mâconnais region of southern Burgundy is prized for its exceptional southern exposure and for the age of its vines, averaging some 40 years of age on the whole. Around here, we prize its production as among the surest of bets for value in dry white wine. Vinified entirely in stainless steel and bottled sans bois, that is, unlumbered, 100% unencumbered by oak, at the nearby Cave de Lugny; green-gold in color, the wine is fresh and vibrant with aromas that would suggest hazelnut, citrus flower and acacia honeys on a foundation of refreshing summer rains on limestone; medium-bodied, ample in weight, with a clean, crisp and lasting flavor on the finish. Given the consistently excellent quality and its extremely fair price, it’s not much wonder that Mâcon-Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay is among the best-selling of white Burgundies in the United States!

$12.99 the bottle  $132.48 the case


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